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Samaritas Senior Living offers retirement living for seniors with five communities in Michigan. Whether you want independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support, rehabilitation therapy or home care services, you'll find a solution to fit your needs. We want to provide the care you need at our senior living communities.


Grand Rapids

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As comfortable community situated in the beauty of a natural wooded setting with community roots going back over 75 years, Samaritas Senior Living of Grand Rapids is a vibrant Life Plan Community that you will love to call home!

Bloomfield Hills

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We offer an elegant lifestyle offering both independent and assisted living apartments at Samaritas Senior Living Bloomfield Hills. It is a crown jewel among senior living communities, offering a country club appeal that embraces you with warmth.

Saginaw

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Whether their goal is a safe return to their original home or a comfortable environment to live permanently – each program is designed to fit the needs of our residents at Samaritas Senior Living of Saginaw.

Cadillac

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Samaritas Senior Living of Cadillac provides a unique approach to senior living in Northern Michigan. We are committed to engaging residents in life, improving and maintaining their independence in a warm, loving environment.

Traverse City

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As a resident of Samaritas Senior Living Traverse City, you are offered a variety of opportunities for community living, activities and companionship in a caring atmosphere, for which we are known.

Careers

Our caregivers do the right thing, for the right reasons, every day. If you’re interested in working for a non-profit organization that provides quality service while supporting professional and personal growth, we invite you to learn more about the employment opportunities within Samaritas.

These communities offer specific services and amenities that cater to seniors and promote active, healthy lifestyles for all of our residents.

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Grand Rapids Community College

Samaritas and Grand Rapids Community College is teaming up to provide GRCC's Certified Nursing Assistant graduating class real life employment interviews prior to graduation to make sure they are equipped for what comes next after graduation.We look forward to participating with the GRCC...
Oct
25

Your Care, Your Way

Join us for our first “Your Care, Your Way” program with Munson Hospice. Our first presentation is on Thursday, October 25 at 2 p.m. with Elizabeth Teklinski, PhD. Elizabeth is a Spiritual Care Advisor for Munson Hospice and Palliative Care in Traverse City,...
Oct
30

Trick or Treating

We will have a trick-or-treating event on Tuesday, October 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lodge and Woods. Families of residents and staff are invited to bring in their children, grandchildren, etc. to trick-or-treat from our residents. Please bring your own bag for...
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Alternative Treatments for Seniors with Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that often calls for an equally aggressive, multidisciplinary treatment plan. It could include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Yet that is not always the best, quality-of-life option — particularly for seniors.

Alternative treatment plans are becoming more accepted, more effective and better designed. And they are considerably less physically and mentally taxing.

Inhalation or ingestion of microscopic asbestos fibers that become lodged in the thin lining around the lungs or the abdomen causes mesothelioma. Over time, they develop scaring that can lead to a variety of serious problems, including cancer.

The long latency period (20-50 years) between exposure and diagnosis leads to an inordinate amount of seniors being affected. And because mesothelioma is so difficult to diagnose, it often metastasizes before it is found.

Even with the most aggressive treatment plan, there are no guarantees of stopping the progression, only slowing it with limited results. For many patients, alternative medicine becomes a more viable option.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the phrase most often used to describe the approach that is outside of mainstream medicine.

There also are innovative clinical trials where the latest immunotherapy and gene therapy drugs are being tested and refined. Although they are not FDA approved, some are showing increasingly positive results and offer hope for beating a mesothelioma prognosis.

Cancer patients can use a wide range of CAM treatments. Integrative oncology programs bring together clinically proven complementary therapies with conventional medicine to treat the whole person, not just the cancer.

Alternative therapies can include:

  • Body based therapies like acupuncture, acupressure and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (also known as TENS). All are designed to relieve pain and stress.
  • Complete healing systems that involve traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, a heling system from India. Both involve herbs, mind-body techniques, dietary changes, body-cleansing therapies and lifestyle changes.
  • Emotional effect therapies include meditation, counseling and pet involvement.
  • Energy therapies that strive to produce a sense of balance and well-being within a person. They may include therapeutic touch or Reiki, which involves pressure points and energy pathways in the body.
  • There is a wide range of homeopathy medicine derived from natural substances that come from minerals, plants and animals, often touted for anti-cancer properties.

Some research shows the use of cannabis oil, derived from the marijuana plant, helps cancer patients. Many states are passing laws to regulate medical marijuana, bringing it more into the mainstream.

It’s important to know alternative and complementary medicines are not endorsed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but they serve as a valuable resource for those opting against aggressive standard treatment, or something to complement it.

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For legal help with mesothelioma visit MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org or Mesothelioma.net

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